Saturday, 29 June 2013

St Peter and St Paul

Today we have the BBC national Radio 4 team at St Arvans to set up and rehearse for tomorrow morning's live Sunday Worship programme at 8.10 am  HERE There is a professional choir from Cardiff coming;  see CANTEMUS CHAMBER CHOIR

This will be the fourth time the BBC have broadcast from our parish of just 1200 souls in recent years and it is good that our ministry and mission can be to such a wide and varied congregation on these occasions. Fr. Michael is preaching and the family will be well represented with his wife KATE PRICE the well known cellist and professor from the Royal Welsh College of Music performing.
Our thoughts and prayers will turn to all those Christians united and divided who share with us the great Apostles Peter and Paul as founders of the Church and guardians of the faith in Jesus Christ. We pray especially for the re-union of all Christians looking to the See of Peter as a focus for that unity for which Peter was commissioned by Jesus himself and for which He prayed to the Father "that they may be one".

If you can't join us live why not listen in on the BBC iplayer later!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Glastonbury Pilgrimage 2013

To the abbey church ruins today for the outdoor annual pilgrimage. The weather was wet for the Mass at noon and dry for the afternoon Benediction. Interesting homily from the Bishop of Exeter which will hopefully be printed soon. Also a moving street procession of the Blessed Sacrament followed with Benediction and devotional address by Bishop Roger Jupp of CBS. Time to catch up with old friends and acquaintances and to pray for and remember those we love and shared the faith with but see no longer. As the Bp of Exeter's address reminded us bereavement can be not only for those who have died but also for those people and sacred things we have lost or been separated from. The theme of "Ecce""Behold" gave focus to Mary and also to Jesus always present for us and within us.Well run as usual by faithful volunteers; with our special prayers please for Robin Thwaites the long serving Secretary who left after Mass for a scheduled admittance to hospital. Next year's date 21st June 2014 see